academia

noun
ac·​a·​de·​mia | \ ˌa-kə-ˈdē-mē-ə How to pronounce academia (audio) \

Definition of academia

: the life, community, or world of teachers, schools, and education : academe scientists in industry and academia a career in academia

Examples of academia in a Sentence

She found the business world very different from academia.
Recent Examples on the Web Soon after the pandemic began, researchers in industry and academia began to identify, design, tweak, and conduct lab tests of monoclonal antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Designer antibodies could battle COVID-19 before vaccines arrive," 4 Aug. 2020 Cancel culture and viewpoint discrimination are antithetical to academia. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Ivanka Trump calls out "cancel culture" after her commencement speech is canceled," 6 June 2020 Both were born in 1972, both worked in academia and both served as members of the European Parliament. The Economist, "Squeaking it Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice party clings on to the presidency," 13 July 2020 Binney thinks those returning should have the right to know the specifics of campus health throughout the months leading up to in-person academia in order to make informed decisions. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Mid-American Conference schools lack transparency on COVID-19 data. Here's why it matters," 13 July 2020 Bredella said both national and international data show, even before the pandemic, that women in academia are saddled with more household and child care tasks than are men. Juliet Isselbacher, STAT, "Women researchers are publishing less since the pandemic hit. What can their employers do to help?," 9 July 2020 Readers do not generally care about infighting in academia. Mark Mazower, The New York Review of Books, "Clear, Inclusive, and Lasting," 6 July 2020 The finalists' resumes include stints in teaching, district administration, state education leadership, academia and work in education nonprofits and organizations. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Board of Education names finalists in search for state's next education chief," 1 July 2020 And there is also a private partnership with academia. Debbie Ponchner, Scientific American, "Latin America Faces a Critical Moment in the Battle against COVID-19," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of academia

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for academia

latinization of academy (with -ia suggesting a geographic entity), after its Latin etymon, Acadēmia

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The first known use of academia was in 1903

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13 Aug 2020

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“Academia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/academia. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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